EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A former school board member and a public relations consultant have pleaded guilty to conspiracy counts related to an ongoing federal probe of corruption in El Paso-area government.
A U.S. attorney's statement Friday says former Ysleta (ee-SLEH'-tah) school trustee Linda Chavez faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in El Paso Friday to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Consultant Mark Schwartz faces up to eight years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to conspiracy to engage in racketeering.
Chavez admits she conspired with Mark Schwartz and others to obtain an Ysleta school district healthcare services contract for now-defunct Access Health Source. Schwartz admits scheming to obtain healthcare services contracts for Access from El Paso-area officials.
No sentencing date is set. Both are free on bond.